Down the stretch, the cool, assured play of the Denver Nuggets' oldest and most experienced player carried his team through the game's toughest moments.
Andre Miller scored each of his 18 points in the second half, including four free throws in the final 10.2 seconds, and the Nuggets edged the Memphis Grizzlies 99-94 on Friday night.
''He is amazing with some of the stuff he does and how he gets it done,'' Nuggets coach George Karl said. ''We don't win this game without Andre Miller, without a question. It was a slow-down, drag, pull teeth, punch, grab, hold, kind of an old-school basketball game. I think it is a really classy win for us. It is a tough-minded win against a team that I think is going to be very, very successful this year.''
Miller, who turns 37 in March, scored several key baskets on a series of fast breaks as the Nuggets' transition game flourished in the second half.
''It's just one of those games where some easy baskets just came to me; nothing was forced and ...